Ilex Foundation sponsors a range of initiatives, including cultural events and projects in visual arts, films, lectures, and visits by academic dignitaries and artists. These events and projects are sponsored in line with the Foundation's interest in cultural variation and traditions in different contexts and media. Please see the Ilex Mission for more information.
A list of events and projects sponsored by the Foundation follows, under the categories:
The items in these lists appear in reverse chronological order, with upcoming and most recent events listed first. The reverse chronological order starts over at the beginning of the Lectures and Visits list lower down on this page.
ILEX Foundation, Open Road and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presented a special pre-cinematic release screening of Rosewater, featuring a post-screening discussion with Maziar Bahari and Joel Simon, Executive Director of Committee to Protect Journalists, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at 6:30 pm; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The ILEX Foundation Annual Festival of Films From Iran January-February 2010, 2011, & 2012 :
The Festival has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States and highlights documentaries, dramas, and comedies by both veteran and new directors at the following venues:
- Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- The Freer & Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Under the Skin: The Films of Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, April 23 - 26, 2010
Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
This program is presented with support from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis, the ILEX Foundation, the Film Study Center at Harvard, Harvard College Women’s Center and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
ILEX Foundation presented its Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema to Maziar Bahari The award was presented Saturday, January 9, 2010, in a private reception at the Koch Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The World Premier of Mr. Bahari's new film, An Iranian Odyssey Mossadegh, Oil and the 1963 Coup, followed the reception.
First Award for Lifetime Achievement in Iranian Cinema to Dariush Mehrjui.
A Private Reception preceded the screening of Mr. Mehrjui’s film, Santouri: The Music Man, on Friday November 14, 2008, in the Koch Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Mr. Mehrjui receiving the award.
ILEX Foundation Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema, 2008.
Majidi Majidi is the 2008 recipient of ILEX Foundation Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema.
Majidi Majid receiving the award.
The Boston Festival of Films from Iran, November 7-30, 2008, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
The Boston Festival of Films from Iran has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States and this year’s fifteen-film program highlights documentaries, dramas, and comedies by both veteran and new directors. Click here for more information at the MFA Website.
The 15th Iranian Film Festival, MFA Houston, January 2008.
The festival, supported by ILEX, featured six new films and discussions on selected nights, led by the noted writer, Farnoosh Moshiri. Following screenings at the MFAH on January 18-20 and 25-27, the festival moved to Rice Cinema (Feb 1-2) and Aurora Picture Show (Feb. 9-10), (aurorapictureshow.org).
More information on the Iranian Film Festival
"Walls of Martyrdom: Tehran’s Propaganda Murals" symposium, May 18, 2007.
ILEX is pleased to note the "Walls of Martyrdom: Tehran’s Propaganda Murals" symposium, with panel disussions that took place in Cambridge on May 18, 2007. Cosponsored by Harvard University Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School, the symposium contextualized a photo exhibit by Fotini Christia.
See wallsofmartyrdom.com and iranian.com for more.